Newbie just moved here. Retired cop from California. First time catching pompanos (5 total), black drum and 19 inch short snook caught by my fishing buddy Hector. Best thing I did was move to Florida. Thank you Spacefish members for all the great info, Strike Zone for the surf gear and Joe Moore with Ninja Tackle for the Akios 656 reel that casts like howitzer! Oorah!